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Novelist and Something Awful Editor Zack Parsons Publishes Digital-First Collection of Dystopian Tales

Wages offers firsthand tour of near-future war zones and the mercenaries that run them.

New York, NY, March 22, 2013 --( Zack Parsons, bestselling author of Liminal States, has released a collection of satirical, acerbic stories in Wages: Future Tales of a Hired Gun, published by Vook.

In the book’s near future, private military contractors are hired to protect the interests of businesses and individuals. These men and women work as bodyguards, security, and are the means by which “desirable outcomes” are achieved. From Dubai to Texas, “still technically the USA,” these mercenaries have all the firepower of the military—and none of the accountability. It is written in a wry voice that mixes extreme violence with bleak political and philosophical musings.

“I’ve always loved reading Zack’s writing on Something Awful. When the opportunity arose to release a story collection based on the exploits of a character that first appeared online, we were eager to get the book onto the digital press,” said Matt Cavnar, VP of Business Development at Vook.

Wages: Future Tales of a Hired Gun was created and distributed by Vook. It is available for $2.99 on Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Samsung, Google Play, and

About Zack Parsons
Zack Parsons is a Chicago area writer known for his acerbic commentary and bleakly humorous science fiction. He has authored two non-fiction books, My Tank Is Fight! and Your Next-Door Neighbor is a Dragon. His works, including That Insidious Beast and CONEX: Convict Connections, have appeared online and in various published anthologies including A Commonplace Book of Weird: The Untold Stories of H.P. Lovecraft and Opposing Viewpoints: Doomsday Scenarios. His debut novel, Liminal States, was released in April of 2012.

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